Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Bent Pine Publishing for allowing me to review The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd from NetGalley via Bent Pine Publishing as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Format read in: Kindle
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Date of Publication: June 15th 2016
Number of pages: 244
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Wyattsville
Spare Change – Book 1
Jubilee’s Journey – Book 2
A Home in Hopeful – Book 2.5
Passing Through Perfect – Book 3
The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd – Book 4
Book Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Revenge, death, deception… These are the things Cyrus Dodd has to overcome if he is to give Ruth the life he’s promised her. The problem is he’s got a prideful nature and when a seemingly innocuous argument leads to a bitter feud with his neighbor, his life changes forever. The plans he has falls by the wayside and before he finds a way to fix it, he comes to understand the meaning of regret.
In this early twentieth century family saga, two men come up against each other–both are iron-willed and stubborn. One will lose his farm; the other will lose his family. In a tale of betrayal, murder and revenge two West Virginia farmers will discover that being right does not necessarily mean being happy.
Believing he has lost everything Cyrus Dodd is forced to start over. He promises Ruth that this time it will be better, but the truth is he doesn’t know if it’s a promise he can keep. Cyrus Dodd
This book is a great book about what happens after you’re hit with blow after blow in life and you just don’t give up. It had a very positive message woven throughout it. It also shows what happens when you have everything but you lose the most important thing….family.
This is was an easy read and would be perfect for the beach or pool. You can put it down and not lose your page or your way with the plot. After a tense couple of first chapters, the book evens out and is smooth sailing to the end.
I will tell you that I didn’t like the chapters that were started Cyrus’s musing or Ruth or even Bethany’s. It just struck me as odd and really didn’t need to be there. You got enough from the actual story than to read that. For me, that took away from the story.
This is a book 4 in a series but it can be read as a standalone book. No reference to previous books at all. None, zero. If this didn’t have a #4 after it, I wouldn’t have known it was part of the series.
How many stars will I give The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd? 3
Why? While a beautifully written historical fiction book, it didn’t keep my attention. The lack of detail to some characters (mainly Jeremy and what happened to him after he killed Cooper) led me to almost put the book down and not finish it. But, after those chapters (like I stated above), the story panned out and became a wonderful story.
Will I reread it? Maybe
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes. Like I said, this would make a great pool or beach book.
Age range? Adult
Why? Marital rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, and a murder. Nothing that went into great detail.